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Cheatle ruled out of cricket action after cancer removal

New South Wales have confirmed Lauren Cheatle will be aiming for a return to training at the start of next pre-season

Australia bowler Lauren Cheatle will miss out on a Women's Premier League (WPL) debut after having a skin cancer removed from her neck.

The left-arm quick underwent a medical procedure on Wednesday. She went under the knife for a similar operation on her leg in 2021.

Cheatle had been selected by the Gujarat Giants at December's WPL auction but will now miss that tournament, as well as sitting out the remainder of the Women's National Cricket League season.

"Cheatle is aiming to return to training with NSW following the players' scheduled off-season break," Cricket NSW said in a statement.

The 25-year-old's international career was derailed by injuries - including three shoulder reconstructions - for four years before she earned a recall to the Australia side for the tour of India that began in December.

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She made her Test debut in the standalone match in Mumbai on the back of impressive form for Australia A in last year's tour of England and a strong Women's Big Bash League for the Sydney Sixers.

That Test appearance was Cheatle's first game for Australia since March 2019.

WNCL 2023-24 standings

Team
Matches played
M
Wins
W
Losses
L
Ties
T
No results
N/R
Net Run Rate
NRR
Deductions
Ded.
Batting Bonus
Bat
Total points
PTS
1 Tasmanian Tigers Women Tasmanian Tigers Women TAS 12 9 2 0 1 0.98 0 5 43
2 Queensland Fire Queensland Fire QLD 12 8 3 0 1 1.224 0 7 41
3 Victoria Women Victoria Women VIC 12 7 5 0 0 0.013 0 4 32
4 Western Australia Women Western Australia Women WA 12 6 6 0 0 -0.113 0 4 28
5 NSW Women NSW Women NSW 12 6 6 0 0 -0.105 0 2 26
6 South Australia Scorpions South Australia Scorpions SA 12 4 8 0 0 -0.063 0 3 19
7 ACT Meteors ACT Meteors ACT 12 1 11 0 0 -2.006 0 0 4

M: Matches played

W: Wins

L: Losses

T: Ties

N/R: No results

NRR: Net Run Rate

Ded.: Deductions

Bat: Batting Bonus

PTS: Total points